Girls reaching puberty

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    • #14050

      As a single Dad with two young girls living with him, my next challenge will be puberty for my 10 year old.

      Has anyone experienced this, or have any advice?

    • #19135

      I think I’m the Dad with the eldest children here!

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      Aj
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      Morning Dominic, your post came up as I was checking out dadsnet. So I created an account to reply to you. I’m a single dad of 4, 2 boys and girls. I have a 15 daughter and a 10 daughter. The puberty thing is covered pretty well in schools these days but I’d suggest asking if there’s questions or perhaps an aunt they’re drawn to or similar to may be run them through things they might need. I kinda said to my eldest just ask me for toiletries and I’ll get them for you. It didn’t need specifics if you get my meaning. As far as recognising when she was menstruating etc it was easy to think she was having a moment and not think ahh I know what that is. It gets easier and I quite often used to pop to the shop and grab her a fruit smoothie and some chocolate or something comfort food related. One more top tip. Have a hot water bottle under the sink. You’d be amazed how wandering in to her room with one of those makes them feel better and that you know but you don’t have to say anything. Hope that helps and I didn’t misunderstand your post. Regards aj

      • #20528

        Hi Aj,
        Many thanks for your reply.

        Love the hot water bottle idea, many thanks for that!

    • #21255

      Any one else with older children?

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      Jojo
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      I haven’t reached this point yet but my top tips are:
      1. Have a starter pack of pads at home for her now – don’t wait until they are needed. You can buy packs on Amazon or in any supermarket etc. There are some specifically aimed at young girls.
      2. Get her something nice to carry spare pads and a clean pair of pants in her school bag. Maybe put in a wee nappy bag so she can put a used pad in it if there are no bins (some school toilets don’t have disposal facilities in the loo).
      3. Make her comfortable to talk openly about it with you. It’s just biology after all. (Easier said than done though.) Maybe take her shopping to choose pads etc.
      4. Love the water bottle idea.
      5. There are apps she can use to track her period. Periods can be pretty erratic at first and should settle dow after the first year.

      I hope this helps.

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